“Food and beverage and feminism will be served”

So we just held our first Gender Equality Committee (formerly Feminist Committee) meeting of the school year, which served as an initial introductory get-together, and it was quite a success. As the co-chair of the committee alongside my good friend, MA of Counseling Psychology candidate Paul Letendre, I always get antsy anticipating the outcome of an upcoming meeting, mostly thinking: can we get a good turnout for a feminism-oriented activity at a clinical-psych-focused institution? (let’s just say that we always make a strong reference to “food and beverage” on our fliers)

Luckily, not only did we have a good turnout in terms of numbers, but the attendees were actively engaged in the discussion over the course of the meeting. Discussion topics ranged from the relationship between language and sexism to pressures of masculinity in American culture and cross-culturally to the ubiquity of the sexed-up image of the “female” in American media and the impact of such an image on females’ sense of self worth and overall sense of identity. Numerous articles and blogs and films were recommended. Ironically, no one really ate the provided food and beverage that had been referenced on the fliers in bold, over-sized fonts.

So if you’re interested in equality of the sexes, please comment with any suggestions for future topic discussions or reading/viewing material. Also, if you have any thoughts regarding a new name for our committee – as opposed to “Gender Equality,” which is, sorry to say, missing a certain je ne sais quoi  – please let me know.

About sdmosaligantimspp

Originally from Washington, DC, I'm a second-year Clinical Psych. doctoral (PsyD) candidate. I earned my BA from Boston College and my MS in Psychology from Boston University, where I served as PI of a study that explored the relationship between social-category language and stereotypes. I work as a Peer Supervisor for Boston Area Rape Crisis Center and at MSPP, I serve as Co-Chair of the Gender Equality Committee. I like comedy, especially The Onion, and animals, and I live in Allston with five absurd roommates.
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One Response to “Food and beverage and feminism will be served”

  1. This is an issue that should be played more often, so I would love for it especially in my country where gender equality has gradually been giving, but not quite … I hope to someday without discrimination …. I congratulate you and I send a big hello from Cuenca, Ecuador.

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